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Your weekly dose of state legislation

Don't get too engrossed in federal politics... the states are making moves, too! So pay attention!

Vlog Entry: Rising unemployment and recalls, recalls, recalls

The Progressive Majority interns and I had lunch at Farragut North and talked to some DC locals about the issues of the day.

 

It's Not Nice to Gloat, But So What?

I don't really have an extensive post to write about this (I'll save that for fellow Arizonan Craig McDermott), but I'd like to gloat for a bit on the ongoing success of the Russell Pearce recall campaign.

Millions of Americans don't have paid sick-leave... and it effects ALL of us.

The barista who made your latte might have a cough. The cashier handing you your change might have the sniffles. The bus driver, with whom you share the same air for your 30 minute bus ride, might have the flu. Unless you live in San Fransisco, Washington DC, or Connecticut, all of the above are more than possible on a day to day basis. And it's all because paid sick-leave is not mandatory in most of the country.

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 7/8/11

State politics are hard to keep up with. We make it easy by bringing you this week's highlights.

A Right to Work bill was introduced in the New Jersey Assembly just last week, but legislators are sure that the bill doesn’t stand a chance against the labor-friendly legislature.

 

California to include LGBT history in curriculum

California makes progressive history again! The state legislature sent a bill to Governor Jerry Brown (D) requiring public schools to include the history of the LGBT community and the great contributions they made to society as part of California’s social studies curriculum. This is great news! Of course the social conservatives in the state assembly are accusing California Democrats of “brainwashing” children across the state.

This week in State Legislation

Read up on what's been happening in state legislatures around the country this week. We give you all the news; the good and the bad, the happy and the sad... as well as the just plain puzzling.

Rhode Island passes civil union bill, but should we be applauding?

Rhode Island is the latest state to allow same sex couples to enter into a civil union. On the surface this is good news, especially after the incredible victory for marriage equality the LGBT community scored in my original home state, New York. Of course when you begin to dig below the surface you begin to find all that’s wrong with the passage of the Civil Union bill.

The truth behind Right to Work laws

Michigan is the latest state to start lobbying for Right to Work laws. Here's a look at their coalition's news conference yesterday.

Round-up of this week's noteworthy legislation

A lot has been happening this week in state legislatures as many congressional sessions are coming to a close. Some states are still hashing it out, hoping to not cut too much time out of their summer recesses. Here's a quick round-up of what's been passed, what hasn't been passed, and what's still being fought over in the states.

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